Up Up, Down Down: Essays [Audiobook]

Up Up, Down Down: Essays [Audiobook]
Up Up, Down Down: Essays [Audiobook] by Cheston Knapp, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 46 mins | 268.84MB

Daring, wise, hilarious, and tender, this exhilarating collection of seven linked essays by Cheston Knapp tackles Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues: an examination of a local professional wrestling promotion becomes a meditation on pain and his relationship with his father; a profile on UFO enthusiasts ends up probing his history in the church and, more broadly, the nature and limits of faith itself; attending an adult skateboarding camp launches him into a virtuosic analysis of nostalgia; and the shocking murder of a neighbor expands into an interrogation of our culture's prevailing ideas about community and the way we tell the stories of our lives. Even more remarkable, perhaps, is the way he manages to find humanity in a damp basement full of frat boys.

Taken together, the essays amount to a chronicle of a young man's journey into adulthood, and his formative experiences ultimately tilt at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: what are the hazards of becoming who you are?

The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison [Audiobook]

The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison [Audiobook]
The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison [Audiobook] by Ralph Ellison, edited by John F Callahan, read by Arthur Morey, Dominic Hoffman
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 33 hrs 51 mins | 930.61MB

Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison's literary executor, John F. Callahan, this classic collection includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as "a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions that focus on race," and Going to the Territory (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and culture, and the nature and quality of lives that black Americans lead. "Ralph Ellison", wrote Stanley Crouch, "reached across race, religion, class and sex to make us all Americans."

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring [Audiobook]

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring [Audiobook]
North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring [Audiobook] by Bruce M Beehler, read by Keith Sellon-Wright
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 34 mins | 236.1MB
In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo three-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, bike, and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.

In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the US heartland - the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies - and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration.

Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this audiobook - part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history - is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages listeners in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.

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